Top art events in Dubai this week

Art Week, Design Days, Cavallia and much more besides

Our picks of the week

1 Explore Design Days in Downtown Dubai
See Fri 21.

2 See creative works in progress at Tashkeel
See Mon 24.

3 Archeology of the Spirit at Mojo Gallery
See Wed 19.

4 Landings at thejamjar
See Thu 20.

5 Watch Cavalia horse show at World Trade Centre
See Thu 20.

Wednesday 19

Art Week
The umbrella festival encompasses the best of contemporary and experimental art and design coming out of the Gulf today. With Sikka art fair, Design Days Dubai, Art Dubai and other popular UAE art mainstays under its wing, Art Week presents a broad range of collaborative installations, fairs, festivals and museum exhibitions that express the strides in cultural growth the region has seen.
Until March 25. Locations across Dubai, www.artweek.ae.

This is Palestine
Hosted by AlHoush House of Art & Design, this cultural week is dedicated to the positive creative achievements of the international Palestinian community.
From Dhs50. Until March 19. Meydan IMAX Theatre, Nad Al Sheba (055 446 8575).

Crossings: Archeology of the Spirit
Using an array of natural, sometimes unlikely materials such as cotton paper, pigmented fabrics, stucco, coal, and discarded pieces of wood, Italy-based Egyptian artist Medhat Shafik's abstract yet distinct works focus on the metaphors of globalisation, freedom and alienation and how they influence our perception of past, present and future.
Until April 30. Mojo Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 323 6367).

Thursday 20

Landings In collaboration with the Campus
Art Dubai 2.0 Core Programme, Pakistani artist-in-residency Ferwa Ibrahim uses video and sound to explore the body and the world it inhabits in relation to home, displacement and belonging.
6pm-8pm. Until April 7. thejamjar, Al Quoz (04 341 7303).

Cavalia
Horses take the stage alongside acrobats, aerialists, riders, dancers and musicians in this choreographed multimedia equestrian spectacle which has been referred to as an 'equestrian ballet'.
From Dhs175. Shows at 5pm, 8pm and 9.30pm. Until March 28. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 341 7303).

Friday 21
Spirituality in Motion: Hossein Irandoust
Iranian contemporary artist Hossein Irandoust is back with his latest artworks exploring the mystical layers of Islam and Sufism through paint. Irandoust uses his own experimental, minimalist style that has roots in realism while presenting vivid images of spirituality as he perceives it.
Until March 30. ProArt Gallery, Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah (04 345 0900).

Design Days
Need to jazz up your living room with some independent decor? Stop by the third edition of this fair, where more than 40 exhibitors and design brands display and sell their work. Design Days showcases modern and contemporary design pieces from over 20 countries while also hosting a public programme of talks and workshops with major industry names.
Until March 21. Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.designdaysdubai.ae.

Saturday 22

Discovering Visions with a Trapped Memory
Egyptian artist Essam Marouf paints from recollections of images and snapshots of people that haunt his subconscious and incite varied emotions from him.
Until April 20. Gallery Ward, near The Courtyard, Al Quoz (04 388 3204).

Sunday 23

Luma – Art in Film
Ductac's Gallery of Light presents a curated series of art films and works by artists including the likes of Rouzbeh Rashidi and Man Ray, with groundbreaking films from the 1900s to present day running continuously in the gallery.
Until March 25 and then April 9-15. Gallery of Light, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha. (04 341 4777).

Monday 24

Tashkeel presents Turning Point
More than a dozen regionally-based talents present their works-in- progress at this Tashkeel exhibition, which shows how artists use various media to document their creative process. The exhibition sheds light on the introspective and defining practices that contribute to an artist's work, with drawings, photographic narratives and photo negatives from failed shoots, among other portraits of creative experimentation that are otherwise hidden by the confines of a studio.
Until April 30. Tashkeel, Nad Al Sheba (04 336 3313).

Tuesday 25

Visions of Abstraction A selection of global art work from major 19th century abstract artists who illustrate their surroundings and subjects using colours, forms and lines rather than more literal depictions of a subject. Featured works include automatic drawing and surrealism from Joan Miro, conceptual works from Katrin Fridrik and pop art from Yayoi Kusama.
Until March 25. Opera Gallery, Gate Village, DIFC (04 323 0909).

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